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Mayor Welcomes Khan, Pleads for Sold Out Stadium

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Wayne Weaver suggested new Jaguars owner Shahid Khan won't actually move to Jacksonville, but the mayor has another plan.

"I want him to invest in downtown," said Brown this morning on Good Morning Jacksonville.  "You know what he can do?  Build the first home downtown," he told Phil Amato and Joy Purdy.

After Tuesday's announcement, Brown sent a letter to Khan.

The two-page letter extends congratulations to Khan and a welcome to Jacksonville.

In addition to singing the city's praises, Brown made certain to point out that "Jacksonville is a football city," and proceeded to enumerate the city's ties to college and professional football.


Brown has had a role in Jacksonville's football legacy, serving as president of the Willie Gary Classic.

This morning, Brown also discussed a conversation he had with Khan Tuesday over the phone.

"I'm very excited about him being the owner," he said, following that remark with praise for the team's original ownership.

"The Weavers set the bar; it is very high," he said.  Brown also said he hopes the city says thanks to the Weavers for their contributions to Jacksonville by filling the stadium Monday night.

The Jaguars, in their first game with interim Head Coach Mel Tucker leading the team, host San Diego in a nationally-televised Monday Night Football game.

Though the stadium has not been filled to capacity this season, every home game has been officially a sell-out, as no games have been blacked out.

Getting Monday's game on local television will be a chore, as about 7,800 tickets still must be sold (as of 4 p.m. today) to lift the blackout, according to Jaguars Senior Vice President Macky Weaver.

That figure means nearly 2,000 tickets have been sold since Tuesday's bombshell that Jack Del Rio was fired and the team has been sold.

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